What Type of Damages Can I Receive in a Florida Truck Accident?
In the immediate aftermath of a truck accident, you will be concerned about medical expenses and property damage. While the Florida insurance minimums may be adequate in some cases, many truck accidents involve much more extensive – and expensive – levels of damage when compared to a passenger vehicle accident. Florida is one of a handful of no-fault accident states. For personal injuries, this means injured drivers are required to go through their own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance to recover expenses.
However, this will only cover 80% of your medical bills and 60% of your lost wages up to $10,000. In reality, truck crashes often cause injuries with medical expenses rising into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Additionally, trucking accidents often involve a variety of hidden expenses that you may not be aware of, including travel to and from hospitals and specialists, cost of possible home or vehicle modifications, and decreased wage potential due to injuries. By pursuing compensation through the bodily injury policy of the other driver, you may be able to pay for the remainder of your medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Florida, contact the truck accident attorneys at Farah & Farah. We can work quickly and decisively to help you fight for justice.
Economic Compensatory Damages
These types of compensatory damages cover specific monetary losses that you experienced due to the truck accident. The monetary compensation you are entitled to depends on the circumstances of you specific incident, and they may include:
Medical Expenses and Treatments
It’s very likely that you will be facing significant medical bills if you are injured in a truck accident. It’s also likely that your health insurance will not cover everything, but many costs related to treating and recovering from an injury can be covered through compensatory damages. Again, it’s also important to consider the hidden expenses related to medical care. You can pursue compensation for travel to and from medical care, the cost of in-home caretakers, medical devices or supplies, and any modifications you must make to your home or vehicle because of your accident.
Loss of Income
Injuries received during a trucking accident can be life changing. If you are unable to work due to your injuries or mental state, you may be eligible to collect compensation for your loss of income. Between a lengthy hospital stay and recovery time, you could be looking at months of recoverable income – even if these injuries don’t result in permanent disability.
You should not have to suffer from reduced wages or waste your paid vacation and sick days because you were injured in a trucking accident. An experienced team of professional attorneys may be able to help you exercise your right to be reimbursed for these losses.
Diminished Earning Capacity
If you suffer a permanent disability because of a trucking accident, it may not be possible to resume your job or obtain a similar position in the future. This can have a serious impact on your earning capacity as you move forward after the accident. When you are unable to work or forced to fill a role with lesser pay, you can seek compensation for the difference between your previous and current earning capacity.
Beyond damage to your vehicle, trucking accidents can also inflict property damage on items that were in your vehicle during the accident. You are entitled to seek compensation for damage to items such as electronics, prescription glasses, and clothing.
Disability and Disfigurement
Catastrophic accidents can leave you with permanent disfigurement or lifelong physical disabilities. Depending on the location, type and impact of your scarring or marking, you can seek varying levels of compensation for disfigurement.
Truck accidents can also leave you with severe injuries such as spinal cord injuries, amputations, or brain injuries, which may require continuous medical care or prevent you from working ever again. These disabilities can have a lasting mental, physical, and monetary impact on your life, and you are entitled to seek compensation for these issues.
Non-Economic Compensatory Damages
These types of damages cover intangible or non-economic issues related to your trucking accident. Generally, that means you can be compensated for the psychological harm inflicted by your accident, which can include:
Pain and Suffering
If you are injured in a crash, it can be difficult to quantify the physical and emotional suffering you have experienced. However, you have just as much right to seek compensation for this suffering as you do for tangible economic damages. Calculating these damages can be an intricate and subjective ordeal, and the amount you can be compensated for will depend on the duration and extent of both ongoing and expected suffering as you move forward with your life. An experienced personal injury lawyer will use their training and historical knowledge of past cases to help maximize the amount of monetary compensation you can seek for non-economic damages.
Emotional Distress and Mental Anguish
Physical injuries you receive from a truck accident can also lead to acute, lasting psychological injuries and subject you to extraordinary levels of mental pain, embarrassment, grief, and anxiety. If your accident leads to a diagnosis for mental illness or causes you to seek mental healthcare, then you should consider seeking compensation for this distress. This mental trauma can occur during your accident, but it can also manifest in other forms of long term suffering. For example, you may experience post-traumatic stress when attempting to use a vehicle or simply thinking about vehicles and your accident. You could also lose your ability to have children or enjoy the same levels of affection, partnership, and sexual relations with your spouse, which can cause great mental anguish.
In extraordinary cases, courts may assess punitive damages if a truck driver or trucking company displays malicious behavior or an intentional disregard for your well-being. Awarding punitive damages is very rare, since most trucking accident cases focus on negligent behavior instead of malicious behavior, but it’s not unheard of when an accident victim is killed or receives drastic, life-altering injuries. If a truck driver or company is proven to exhibit a willful and blatant disregard of safety laws and regulations, courts may seek to make an example of these parties to discourage similar behavior in the future.
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If you’ve suffered due to a truck accident in Florida, we know what you are going through. We also know that determining what you are owed and fighting for full compensation is a lot easier when you have a team of experienced, passionate lawyers on your side.
If you’ve been in a trucking accident on the Florida roadways, contact us today to talk about your options for your case. Our truck accident attorneys have the experience and resources needed to fully investigate your case and help you fight for justice.